Maria Alexandra (Alex) Arriaga has twenty years in executive leadership in Congress, the White House, and non-profit organizations. Currently a consultant advising a number of human rights organizations, Arriaga held several senior positions at Amnesty International USA from 2001 until 2008. From 1999 to 2001 Arriaga served as Senior Advisor and later Chief of Staff to President Clinton’s Special Envoy for the Americas and as Special Assistant to the President. From 1995 to 1999, served as a senior advisor in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor at the U.S. Department of State. She also served as Executive Director of the Secretary of State’s Advisory Committee on Religious Freedom Abroad, U.S. Delegate to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, and a member of the Department’s Bosnia Task Force. From 1987 to 1995, she served as Director of the bipartisan Congressional Human Rights Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Mark Bromley is currently Chair of the Council for Global Equality, a new organization dedicated to encouraging a clearer and stronger American voice on international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender human rights concerns. Mr. Bromley previously worked for more than eleven years at Global Rights, where he served in various program management positions. During his tenure at Global Rights, he coordinated donor relations and helped open field offices in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burundi, Morocco, Nigeria and India. From 2001-2002, Mr. Bromley served as a Foreign Policy Fellow in the office of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold. During that period, he staffed Senator Feingold's work on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, including the Senator's Chairmanship of the Africa Subcommittee.
David Mitchell is an architect and founder of Design1, a Washington, DC-based firm that has, since 1971, provided comprehensive services in architecture, planning, and graphic design, helping clients see projects from conception to reality. Mr. Mitchell has been engaged in architecture, planning, and graphic design since 1958. Over the course of his career, he has played a role in the design of private homes, schools, hospitals, apartment buildings, federal office buildings, company headquarters, and planned communities. He is licensed to practice architecture in Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.
William “Spence” Spencer is Executive Director of the Institute for International Law and Human Rights. Spencer has more than 22 years of professional experience in international diplomacy, human rights, democracy and governance, international law, and crisis management and response, both in and out of government. In 1996 Spencer, serving as Senior Political Advisor at the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina, helped to configure Bosnia’s first post-war elections and oversaw implementation of human rights components of the Dayton Agreement. As a career foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State, Spencer worked on human rights and the rule of law in Kosovo, Chechnya, Macedonia, and Albania, and coordinated policy and resource support for human rights initiatives in the former Yugoslavia and the Yugoslav War Crimes Tribunal. From 2001 to 2005, he was a senior manager at International Resources Group, a consulting firm with experience in over 120 countries. From 2005 to 2007, he served as Washington Director for the Public International Law & Policy Group.
Karen Walsh, a Program Manager with Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI), has 19 years of comprehensive project management and technical expertise. She manages DAI’s DoD portfolio providing technical direction, trainings, new business development and client support. Ms. Walsh’s most recently served as the technical director for USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives’ rapid response programs in Pakistan, Colombia and Liberia. She previously worked for USAID in Iraq, serving as Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, Lead Planner for the Office of Policy Planning and Analysis’ Essential Services Pillar for 16 ministries, Military Liaison, and Program Officer in the Front Office in USAID. Her other experience includes work on Technical and Administrative Support to the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) Latin America and the Caribbean IQC; U.S. Department of Defense–funded projects; rule-of-law contracts with the U.S. Department of State; and both rural and urban community development programs.